HOLTON, Kan.-- James (Jim) Samuel Birkbeck, 79, Holton, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Stormont Vail in Topeka, Kan.

Jim was born on Aug. 5, 1940, to Howard and LaVerne Birkbeck in Burlington, Kan. He grew up on a farm in rural Burlington, graduating from high school there in 1958. He attended Kansas State University where he was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and played on the KSU football team for one season. He graduated from KSU in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1964 with a master’s segree, both in agricultural economics. He completed the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin in 1968.